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University of Warwick Senate and Council appoints Baroness Ashton as Warwick’s first ever woman Chancellor

ChancellorThe Senate and Council of the University of Warwick have agreed to appoint The Rt Hon. The Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG PC as the University of Warwick’s new Chancellor, succeeding Sir Richard Lambert who concluded his time as Warwick’s Chancellor at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Lady Ashton will take up the role with effect from 1st January 2017, when she will become the first ever female Chancellor of the University of Warwick.

Sir George Cox, the Chair of the University of Warwick’s Council, said:

“Lady Ashton has had a remarkable career embracing many areas and issues which are highly relevant to the University of Warwick and its values. As one of the first generation of her family to have attended university, she is passionate about the transformational power of education as a driver of social mobility.”

Lady Ashton said:

“Education is a vital component of our society that changes lives and gives people choices and opportunity. That ability of education and research to change lives stretches across our planet for a University such as Warwick with its significant research programme focused on global issues. I am deeply honoured to be able to make my small contribution to the work of such an increasingly renowned university.”

After many years’ experience embracing the public, private and NGO sectors (including roles at the Social Work Training Council and Business in the Community) she was appointed to the House of Lords in 1999.

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The ministerial career that followed saw her first take up a role in the then Department of Education in 2001, where she served as Minister with responsibilities for all education to age 11 plus children with special educational needs, and as sole Minister in the House of Lords responsible for all education legislation.

Lady Ashton joined the Department of Constitutional Affairs/Justice in 2004 as Minister with responsibilities for family courts, development of Supreme Court, human rights and equality legislation.

From 2007-8 she served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Queen’s Privy Council. During that time she took the Lisbon Treaty through the House of Lords.

In 2008 Lady Ashton was appointed Trade Commissioner for the European Union. This led to her being appointed High Representative for Foreign Policy and First Vice President of the European Commission. Over the following five years, she tackled some of the world’s most difficult issues, operating at the very highest level. Her achievements over this period earned her widespread praise and a host of awards and honours from around the globe, including being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Her many other awards and accolades include: Stonewall Politician of the Year [first ever] for services in support of the LGTB community 2006, Channel 4 Peer of the Year 2006, House Magazine Minister of the Year 2006. She received the award of GCMG (the highest foreign policy honour) at an investiture by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2015. Lady Ashton also holds honorary positions with a number of esteemed international bodies.

 

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy

University of Warwick

Tel UK 024 76523708 office

07767 655860 mobile

Tel Overseas: +44 (0)24 76523708 office

+44 (0)7767 655860 mobile/cell

Email p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk

 

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17th November 2016

Further information:

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy

University of Warwick

Tel UK 024 76523708 office

07767 655860 mobile

Tel Overseas: +44 (0)24 76523708 office

+44 (0)7767 655860 mobile/cell

Email p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk